Yachad Slams Israel’s Settlement Expansion in East Jerusalem
16 November 2020, London The pro-Israel, pro-peace group Yachad has condemned Israel’s moves to start building a new Jewish settlement in Givat HaMatos, in East Jerusalem.
In a statement, Yachad’s Director Hannah Weisfeld said that this action will “only undermine the two-state solution” as it will “block the territorial contiguity between East Jerusalem and Bethlehem”.
On Sunday, Israel’s Ministry of Housing and Land Authority invited contractor bids for building 1,257 homes in Givat Hamatos, under a plan revived in February by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after it had been effectively frozen by international opposition.
The final day for submitting the proposals is January 18th, 2021, three days before President-Elect Biden is set to enter the White House.
The Israeli peace campaign group, Peace Now, accused Netanyahu’s government of “taking advantage of the final weeks of the Trump administration in order to set facts on the ground” in Givat Hamatos.
Hannah Weisfeld, Director of Yachad, said:
“Construction in Givat Hamatos is a dangerous move that will only undermine the two-state solution as it will block the territorial contiguity between East Jerusalem and Bethlehem.
“True friends of Israel know that expanding settlements in the West Bank will put Israelis and Palestinians at risk and must speak up against it. The international community must do more than issue statements of condemnation that fall on deaf ears.”